Focus Features send word that Academy Award winner William Hurt has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens drama ‘Race,’ which is currently filming in Montreal and will shoot at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. Directed by Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (24, Traffic), the cast already includes newcomer Stephan James as Owens as well as Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Crew and Carice van Houten. Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.
‘Race’ is based on the true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Owens shattered Hitler’s vision by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest athletic feats of all time. Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations. ‘Race’ will open on April 8th, 2016.
Striking ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Artwork Of James McAvoy’s Bald Professor X; Plus Illustrations Of Michael Fassbender’s Magneto…
Art by Huy “Wee” Dinh.
Following a stellar response from critics and fans alike and a hefty box office figure of $745,570,770 million, 20th Century Fox and the filmmakers behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ are currently hard at work on the film’s follow-up, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ It has been noted number of times that ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will focus primarily on the returning cast members from ’X-Men: First Class,’ which includes Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier (McAvoy says he’s going bald for the film, “I’ll be older in this one…. [And] I think I’m losing my hair finally. And, yeah, that’s kind of all I know.”), Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, in addition to some younger versions of other mutants like the previously-teased Gambit and Nightcrawler (although they’re both unconfirmed at this point). Gambit’s only big-screen appearance to date was in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. Nightcrawler was played by Alan Cumming in ‘X2.’ While still unconfined, it looks as if Gambit will be played by Channing Tatum in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’
Currently filming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ and with ‘Gone Girl’ hitting cinemas this week, Ben Affleck looks to have found his next acting role before he embarks on his next directorial effort, ‘Live By Night.’ Sources tell Variety that Affleck is in negotiations to star in the action thriller ‘The Accountant’ for Warner Bros. ‘Warrior’ director Gavin O’Connor is said to be the studios top choice to helm the film, although no offer has been made. Based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, ‘The Accountant’ centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin. Affleck hopes to start filming ‘Live By Night’ next July.
“Recreating Hell” Featurette For ‘Fury’ – Starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña…
Written and directed by David Ayer, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star. The film will open in the US on October 17th and in the UK on October 24th.
In ‘Fury’, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Trailer & Poster For The Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones-Starring Stephen Hawking Biopic ‘The Theory Of Everything’
The good people over at Universal Pictures have unveiled this new poster and trailer for the Stephen Hawking drama ‘The Theory of Everything.’ Starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, the film is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). The movie explores the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life’s work, he falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing.
New Trailer & Featurette For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar': “Mankind’s Next Step Will Be Our Greatest”
Paramount Pictures have debuted a new trailer and behind-the-scenes feature for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ via the Space Hunt viral site. The featurette showcases writer-director Christopher Nolan and Kip Thorne, the film’s scientific adviser and noted theoretical physicist, discussing “the rules” of ‘Interstellar.’
Set for release on November 7th, the top-notch cast for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.